Page 1: Participant information sheet

Title of Project: Attitudes towards different behaviours in relationships.


The University of Worcester engages in a wide range of research which seeks to provide greater understanding of the world around us, to contribute to improved human health and well-being and to provide answers to social, economic and environmental problems.


I am Lucinda James-Furley and I am an undergraduate student in the school of Psychology at the University of Worcester.


I would like to invite you to take part in a research project which involves completing an anonymous online survey. Before you decide to take part it is important for you to understand why the research is being carried out and what it will involve.


What is the purpose of the research?

This study aims to see how different behaviours impacts men and women when making decisions about different types of relationships.


Why have I been invited to take part?

You have received this invitation because you are over 18. We are hoping to recruit 192 participants for this study.


What will happen if I agree to take part?

If you agree to take part, you will be sent a link to an online questionnaire consisting of 6 written scenarios, after each one you will rate on the scale how desirable you find the person in each scenario. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.


Do I have to take part?

No. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take part in this study. Deciding to take part or not will not impact on you at all.


If you do decide to take part, you will be asked at the start of the survey to agree to a number of statements to indicate that you are over 18 years old, have read and understood this information and agree to take part in the survey. By submitting the survey, you are providing consent for the data you have given to be used in the study.


You can withdraw from the study by closing the browser page down without submitting your responses and your data will not be saved. Please note that once you have submitted your survey responses you will be unable to withdraw your data as participation is anonymous.


What are the benefits for me in taking part?

By taking part you will be contributing to further knowledge of attraction and desirability.


Are there any risks for me if I take part?

The research will have no risks if you take part. There are no sensitive questions and it is all online so there is no risk of COVID-19.

What will you do with my data?

The data you submit will be treated confidentially at all times. No personal identifiable information will be obtained during or as part of the study. Your answers will be completely anonymous.


The research is being carried out as part of an undergraduate project at the University of Worcester and the results will be presented in the form of an undergraduate dissertation which should be completed by no later than July 2023. We may submit all or part of this research for publication to academic and/or professional journals and present this research at conferences.


During the project, all data will be kept securely in a password locked laptop and folder in line with the University’s Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data and its Information Security Policy. The data will be accessible to myself and my project supervisor Daniel Farrelly.


How long will you keep my data for?

At the completion of the project, we will retain your data in the anonymised form that it was collected for 2 years. This anonymised data will be archived and shared in line with our Policy for the Effective Management of Research Data.


Thank you for taking the time to read this information



If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us Lucinda James-Furley - or Daniel Farrelly -

Who has oversight of the research?

The research has been approved by the Research Ethics Panel for the College of Business, psychology and Sport in line with the University’s Research Ethics Policy.


The University is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and the University Data Protection Officer is Helen Johnstone. For more on the University approach to Information Assurance and Security visit:



If you would like to speak to an independent person who is not a member of the research team, please contact the University of Worcester, using the following details:


Secretary to Research Ethics Panel for College of Business, Psychology and Sport

University of Worcester

Henwick Grove

Worcester WR2 6AJ